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Ben-Hur - a Tale of the Christ (1959 Version) [CD, Soundtrack]

Carl Davis , David Mendoza , William Axt Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Anno Domini
3. Star Of Bethlehem (Extended Version)
4. Adoration Of The Magi (Extended Version)
5. Shofar Call
6. Prelude (Main Title)
7. Marcia Romana (Extended Version)
8. Spirit And Sword
9. Friendship (Extended Version)
10. The House Of Hur (Extended Version)
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Disc: 2
1. Fertility Dance
2. Arrius' Party, Parts 1 & 2
3. Nostalgia (Extended Version)
4. Farewell To Rome (Extended Version)
5. Judea, Part 1 (Outtake)
6. Judea, Part 2
7. A Barren Coast (Outtake)
8. Balthasar (Extended Version)
9. Balthasar's World (Extended Version)
10. Homecoming
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Product Description

Miklos Rosza's Academy Award-winning score to the 1959 blockbuster, on CD and in its entirety for the first time! In fact, this 2-CD, 5" x 10" Digi-Boxed set includes extended score cues and outtakes, as well as a 32-page account of the making of the ultimate Biblical epic, with photos and original artwork.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excessively pompous July 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Excessively pompous. That was what a critic in High Fidelity magazine complained of some thirty years ago. I disagree. It is probably the best film score of all time. The Rhino set was not available then. I only had the rerecordings on LPs - London (cond. Rozsa), MGM Vol 1 (cond. Savina ) MGM Vol 2 (cond. Kloss -supposedly Rozsa). All three are out of print but you can try for the CD releases on EBay. Much praise has been heaped on this Rhino complete (almost) soundtrack. However, away from the film, I would still pick Kloss`s version of Parade of the Charioteers. It has the raw power, tension and grandeur so necessary for the epic Chariot Race. Contrast this to Paull`s 1896 Chariot Race (the sheet music is still in print !) which I think Rozsa still has the edge in terms of originality and pomposity. Pity The Parade only exist on sheet music for band and was not included in the sheet music songbook (out of print) published by Robbins. I got mine recently by accident surfing the Net for organ music (vintageorgans.com). For the intermediate pianist, the dramatic highlights from the songbook is a steal. For those who need a themes approach to listening the score, please check out the Savina version on CD or LP. You can try EBay because it is out of print. Dr Rozsa`s latest score to be put out by Film Score Monthly is Julius Caesar. It is a worthy bargain. It is Rozsa`s seminal Rome epic score. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Masterpiece March 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For someone who grew up listening to the original LPs, this CD is somewhat of a mixed blessing. On the one hand it offers a complete record of the soundtrack and then some, which is great, but in other ways it feels incomplete and not fully realized. What I mean is that certain themes are fragmented, which is the way it was in the movie itself, and not presented as a whole piece like they were in the non-soundtrack recordings. The Love Theme is one example as well as the Mother's Love theme and the Rowing of the Galley Slaves.
But, that aside, this is such a rewarding experience for anyone who has appreciated Rosa's work in this film. And the extended versions do add an extra dimension to an already impressive score, like those for the Love Theme, where the use of a flute and harp bring a more authentic archaic sound to the recording.
Again, for anyone who loved this music, this is certainly worthy to have, which is why I give it 5 stars, and I can only hope a similar quality treatment will be made for the recordings done from the LPs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and legendary Soundtrack May 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have recently purchased this set from Amazon.
If you are a lover of soundtracks, then you just cannot ommit this double CD set from your collection. Its a classic score. Its superb because unlike many 1950's film scores which tended to be a dreamy background extra which sent you to sleep on a lazy sunday, this score has beautiful sublime moments, and big fanfare suprises too to appeal to all. Like the grand epic movie itself, the soundtrack takes you on a journey of many lands, cultures, positions and situations over two discs. This is what makes this score wonderful to own. Tracks like "Rowing of the galley slaves" fit the movie like a glove and stand alone as wonderful powerful music in their own right that could fit any movie scene today. Its a classic thematic score too. Every situation and person has their theme, and thats why i feel it will appeal to modern soundtrack admirers too who are fond of Williams,Goldsmith, Horner etc. Mass fanfairs and marches for the start of the legendary chariot race for example. Sweeping love themes. Moments of tragedy and sorrow. Everything is here. The cues in the score representing the scenes of Jesus are sounds of peacefull shimmering divinty in the wake of the marching fanfair cues of the Roman legions. The producers of this set really knew what they were doing, and took care and time over this project i feel. Sound is perfect. You can almost feel a personal interest from those who made this. The tracks are wonderfully split into exact sections of musical style.
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What a beautiful and moving soundtrack this is. Ben Hur is an unforgettable movie in the history of the cinema, and this music by Miklos Rozsa perfectly compliments the movie in every scene. There are few genius composers of movies, however Miklos Rozsa stands with other great composers such as Henry Mancini, John Berry, Leonard Bernstein and a few others as masters of their craft.
In these overtures you can feel the depth and emotion of Charlton Heston as he portray Judah Ben Hur, a Jewish Prince during the life of Christ. The love, anger, hopelesness and ultimate redemption is not only told with the acting but also in this fine music. I am so glad that the soundtrack that hasnt been available for so many years is finally available on CD, which enhances it even more. My personal favorites are "Annos Domini", "Star of Bethlehem", "Fanfare for Start of the Race" and the "Love Theme" for Ben Hur. But each and every instrumental song on this soundtrack is outstanding.
Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Tracks Used on the MGM Film Master
This is an extraordinary release. It includes the actual studio tracks recorded at MGM with Rozsa conducting and used on the actual soundtrack of the film. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Michael R. Hagerty
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest of Motion Picture Scores
Superb on every level.. this score truly added to the power of Ben Hur's emotion and epic proportion. Read more
Published on April 11 2004 by classicmoviefan
5.0 out of 5 stars This truly is the score of scores!
It took us many decades but finaly we can enjoy the full score for Ben Hur! Over two and a half hours of spectacular music representing romance, pain and suffering, faith, and the... Read more
Published on July 18 2003 by Dimitri Peeters
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Greatest
Miklos Rozsa's score for "Ben-Hur" is arguably the greatest written for any film. Anything else I would say would just be repetitive of the many other glowing reviews for... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2002 by R. Hause
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soundtrack
This soundtrack was issued by Turner Classics Movies and Rhino and is sized like a book. In fact, a very informative 52-page booklet (with some wonderful pictures) comes with the... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2002 by David A. Wend
5.0 out of 5 stars yes this is the greatest soundtrack ever
i don't have much to add. i bought this on the basis of amazon reviews and i find it to be more or less as great as they say. the only other contender is CLEOPATRA by alex north. Read more
Published on July 6 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate soundtrack
If somebody asked me what is the best soundtrack ever the answer would be so easy: "Ben Hur, of course... Read more
Published on April 15 2001 by Ytzan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Hur, The Robe, The Ten Commandments and Gladiator
I have listened to the music from Ben Hur since 1960 and over the recent years I have been able to listen to music from The Ten Commandments, The Robe and more recently... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic
BEN-HUR (1959) receives the same epic treatment on CD that it did on film. Miklos Rozsa's score is brilliant and beautiful. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2000 by Bluebird
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